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ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017 – 1st March 2017

             

Process, Case Study and a Red Kite – how SES is using BIM

Wednesday 1st March 2017, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 19:30


SES Engineering Services Ltd, recognised as one
of the leading M&E partners in the UK, will be bringing a new view
on digital delivery to thinkBIM delegates from their
perspective as a specialist designer and installer.

BIM Process – the importance of the Master Information Delivery Plan
and Level of Definition
A project case study – from detailed design through to offsite manufacture
and

In a change to our third presentation we are very pleased to welcome Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder to speak about PDTs, PDS, the importance of data and their link between goBIM and CPAs LEXiCON.

No theories here – all hard won real results borne out of delivering on numerous projects across the UK.

 

Room 513, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds LS1 3HB

                                                                                                                                                                                         Click here to book your place!

 

 

#BIMOpenMic in Yorkshire,Round One: Sheffield! -Tuesday 14th March 2017

thinkBIM
in collaboration with BDP, Steel City BIM, Graitec and Digitalgreen
presents…
Tuesday 14th March 2017
BDP Offices, 1 N Bank, Sheffield S3 8JY 
18:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the Manchester session, #BIMOpenMic is continuing up North!
These events are about starting conversations and generating discussion about all things BIM and helping address the day to day issues it presents in our work.
So join us for observations, opinions, rants, tips and tricks at our “anything goes” session. Be there and be vocal!
Can’t make it to Sheffield?
Keep an eye out for further dates around the County
#itsBIMupNorth meets #BIMOpenMic – the perfect combination

Many thanks to our hosts BDP and event sponsors Graitec for helping us to put this event together.

FORMAT
 
1 Mic
1 Spotlight
1 screen (with sound if required)
80 People
Sign up to speak on the night, Only 6 x 10 minute slots (first come, first served)
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
 
SUBJECTS 
 
Anything Goes!
Platform agnostic
Topic agnostic
Discipline agnostic
Hot topics encouraged
Audience participation encouraged
NO SALES PITCHES!

Click here to book your FREE place!

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Twilight seminar: “Making IFC child’s play – Lego Architecture meets Open BIM” 8th February, Leeds

ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017 – Sponsored by SES Engineering Services Ltd

Two great presenters explaining how and why IFC, the format for OpenBIM data exchanges came about and how it can be used effectively on projects today.

Professor Arto Kiviniemi, from the University of Liverpool is one of the original members of the International Alliance for Interoperability, founded in 1996, now known as buildingSMART International. He is currently a member of their International Technical Advisory Group. Arto returns to thinkBIM to give delegates a unique understanding of how and why the IFC data exchange format has been developed.

The COBienator is back!

We are delighted to announce that one of thinkBIM’s founding fathers will be back to present at this event. For those of you familiar with Rob’s recent blogs he has been testing all manner of BIM workflows through the classic Villa Savoye building – as re-created by Lego Architecture. A not to be missed presentation explaining and proving how IFC can and does work across a variety of software platforms.  With some Lego, 3D printing and laser scanning thrown in too.

Definitely a not to be missed event!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 20:00

 

Room 538, Lecture Theatre D, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds LS1 3HB

Click here to book your place!

 

ThinkBIM Security – 7th December 2016

December 2016’s ThinkBIM was particularly memorable for an eye-opening and occasionally frightening view of just how vulnerable the built environment might be to cyber attack, writes Paul Wilkinson of pwcom and thinkBIM Steering Group member.

In May 2015, PAS1192-5 – “Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management” – became the latest addition to the suite of UK BIM documents, and Turner & Townsend’s Nathan Jones gave us the benefit of a non-construction person’s view of this document. Nathan was recruited into the construction industry after working in the armed forces specialising in military grade IT and security-related technologies.

From his presentation and roundtable contributions, it was clear that he felt existing construction industry IT practices lag behind most other industry sectors in respect of security (“Often IT security is a bit backward in construction”).

This is, of course, hardly surprising. Within the living memory of many people still working in the sector, we mostly exchanged information by paper. But now, in the early years of the 21st century, we are increasingly sharing ‘electronic paper’ – emails instead of letters, Word documents instead of typed reports, PDFs or native files instead of drawings, etc. We already must be vigilant about security: guarding against software viruses, ‘phishing’, hacking, and theft or loss of devices, while also continuing to track, store and protect our communications and intellectual property. (And not always successfully: details of the internal layout of a Royal Palace were recently freely distributed to potential tenderers via an email attachment, Nathan said.)

However, the next stages in the digital transformation of the built environment sector are set to make information management more challenging from a security point of view.

 

From BIM to BASM

As firms begin to share and to combine or ‘federate’ data-rich 3D, 4D (time) and 5D (cost) models, project teams will need to heighten their cyber-security regimes.

A shared 3D model may expose intellectual property to competitors. Moreover, a walk-through visualisation of a new building might expose sensitive information about the building’s design – key structural components, locations of key building services, placement of CCTV or other security equipment, for example. Shared 4D models might reveal periods when assets might be susceptible to sabotage or sites could be vulnerable to theft, while a 5D model could reveal commercially sensitive pricing information to competitors.

Published by the British Standards Institute and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), PAS1192-5 is intended to help teams identify and guard against risks including:

  • hostile reconnaissance
  • malicious acts
  • loss or disclosure of intellectual property
  • loss or disclosure of commercially sensitive information, and
  • release of personally identifiable information.

And our already abbreviation-heavy glossary of BIM terms now includes BASM – built asset security management – as a new discipline. Early engagement with a BAS manager will help a project team and the asset owner develop a strong built asset security strategy (BASS) and management plan (BASMP), said Nathan.

People can be our greatest asset, but also our weakest link

Such measures will become more important in an increasingly connected world of not just ‘smart buildings’ but ‘Smart Cities’. We will need to protect information created during delivery of a new built asset, and – just as importantly, and depending on the asset’s sensitivity – protect some or all of the data created by the people and systems in and around that asset, and in any connected assets or infrastructure.

At the people level, precautions might include procedures limiting information access to those with defined roles (I was encouraged that Nathan identified that some Software-as-a-Service collaboration platforms do this well: restricting access to certain files, models or data only to people with defined responsibilities), supported by systems of passes, logins, keys or other forms of authentication.

 

BASM – it’s about people

As with other aspects of BIM, this is certainly not just about technology, but people and process. Awareness raising and training will be important: working practices learned in the days of paper or “spray and pray” email will need to be amended, and data vulnerabilities addressed. Often the weak link will not be the software or hardware, but the people that use them (users noting passwords and PINs on Post-It notes next to their computers, for example), and, as risks cannot be entirely eliminated, Nathan also advised that organisations need plans and processes dictating how they will respond to security breaches.

In one of the roundtable sessions, John Lorimer asked Nathan if this heightened focus on security might counteract recent years’ efforts to get companies and people to share information more readily. “Security should not stop collaboration, so long as it is controlled and people are aware,” Nathan replied, “BIM is actually helping to trigger some security-minded conversations much earlier. We may soon be segmenting our construction supply chains according to those who are security-aware, and those who aren’t.”

 

Success Stories and Data Security – 7th December 2016

 

Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects


Here at thinkBIM we are very aware that there is still a great need to explain the fundamentals of working digitally to both new delegates as well as regular attendees. Despite surveys that suggest a huge and comprehensive uptake of BIM in the UK; the government mandate and numerous organisations proclaiming their ability to deliver Level 2 (or beyond – really??) we regularly meet lots of businesses still bewildered as to how and where they might need to start out on their ‘BIM journey’.

So cue thinkBIM’s November event; Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects. Hot on the heels of our fifth birthday party in September and our successful Government Mandate twilight event in October came a whole evening dedicated to a 40 page British Standard first published in 2007. But a geek-fest this was not, well not completely. BS1192:2007+A2:2016 Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information – Code of practice to give the full title is absolutely fundamental to the concept of defining the rules of collaborative working and delivering projects digitally. You can download the standard here http://bim-level2.org/en/standards/

The scope of the standard is well considered, and when read in conjunction with the preceding Introduction makes it clear why the processes outlined in this document are fundamental to collaborative working practices. It really is worth reproducing these words here before we move on –

scope

 

So after all that what did we learn at the event. Well John Adams gave us a self-proclaimed wedge-free presentation. Three slides in we had the first obvious, but often over-looked requirement of Level 2 fundamentals – do Level 1 first! John walked us through the process of issuing documents around the process in the standard but reminded everyone of the following too

Buy CDE > Set Project Number > 4 Folders > WIP, Shared, Published, Archived does not equal a CDE!!

John’s final words about using the standard; don’t deviate – it ruins everything.

John’s slide deck: thinkbim-level-one-cde

After John’s presentation it was my turn to speak again at thinkBIM. In apparent wave of extreme geekiness I had decided to speak on Suitability Codes. Why – because in my opinion they are fundamental to the standard and the underlying collaborative working requirements that the standard advocates. Why you are issuing data, for what purpose, is as fundamental as actually issuing the data itself in my opinion and is important both contractually and practically. Even now I’m not sure that I’d got everything in my slides right, in fact the next presentation explained one specific part that I’d not grasped myself – a great example of where everyone learns at thinkBIM!

Duncan’s slide deck: suitability-codes

The third presentation of the evening came from Lee Chappelow from SES. After explaining how SES have set about creating and operating their own CDE Lee took us through 13 slides to explain how a document produced by the SES BIM team moves to published status. Now on the face of it this sounds horrendous; thirteen stages to just get a document approved but for me a lot of what Lee was saying is what good practice should look like and the thoroughness he was demonstrating is as much about an industry that has been so pressurised to deliver that corners are cut or risk just passed downstream rather than owned.

Lee showed us what good looks like, and what good as a digital workflow should be. Lots of food for thought and the feedback from the event certainly confirmed this too.

Lee’s slide deck: thinkbim-cde

Thanks to John and Lee for helping to deliver another great thinkBIM. In this case the slides seemed so important we have published them in full for you all to reference again as needed.

As a final post script I do accept that working in accordance with BS1192:2007 does look complicated and daunting but once you get to grips with the standard and start using it the processes do become easier. But it is still a bit of challenge – only a week after the event I had a 30 minute discussion with a contracting friend over the interpretation of just one of these suitability codes in the standard.

So as we said on the night – to use the standard effectively you must make sure the project team has a common understanding of the document – this may mean defining, explaining, agreeing and documenting how the standard is to be used in the BIM Execution Plan. But remember don’t alter it – otherwise then it’s not a standard.

thinkBIM –  2nd November 2016

#Duncan Reed, Chair thinkBIM

Delivering Digital Assets under the Level 2 Mandate

 

October brought in the first event of our Autumn series and a return to The Rosebowl as the venue for our twilight seminar on how centrally procured departments are delivering Level 2 BIM Under the mandate.

The evening opened with a fantastic presentation from Cliff Jones, the Head of Construction Procurement, at the Department of Health. It was great to hear his measured, but equally challenging, view on how he see that BIM has – and more importantly should – be adopted in the NHS. Cliff made the very important point early on in his presentation that BIM isn’t an add-on; it has to be integral to the wider construction and business process of an organisation.

 

thinkbim-1He also noted that BIM = Lean but reminded the audience of what Lean really means – it’s not about cost cutting, it is about driving out waste.

 

BIM = Lean (NOT Cost Cutting – Improved Efficiency and Productivity)

 

  • The most efficient, effective and successful companies in other industries (and countries) have applied “lean” for decades;
    • Add value and remove waste;
    • Extensive use of developments in Technology supported by Digital Data.
    • Waste =  
  • Processes/procedures that do not add value;
  • Use of resources (labour/plant/materials in a non-productive and therefore non value adding way;
  • Defects;
  • Unnecessary transportation;

 

 

Whilst the benefits of the P21+ and P22 Frameworks provided ample evidence of how collaborative working can improve outcomes it was some of the more nuanced comments that caught my attention. The DoH hasn’t mandated the use of BIM by the NHS as such as it understands that forcing something on Trusts won’t work – from the very start they have to want to do it. This was a very powerful point for me.

Cliff rounded up his presentation with some very real and useful points on how to adopt BIM on projects.

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Due to a last minute cancellation by our other speaker thinkBIM showed its agile credentials by organising Steering Group member Tom Oulton to review the recently published Ministry of Justice (MOJ) BIM documentation. These documents can be found here http://bit.ly/29b13Kq

The MoJ launched their Client Best Practice Guides in June this year but like many other things associated with BIM development not everyone in the audience was aware of their existence. They were developed by the client led BIM2AIM Special Interest Group, in a process led by Matthew Watchorn, MoJ Head of BIM. In an article in BIM+ recording the launch event of the documents Matthew is quoted saying –

“Dismantling, examining and jointly rebuilding the EIR suite of standards from the bottom up was a fundamental moment in the MoJ BIM story and will stand us and other government departments in good stead in making the next phase of BIM a reality for projects going forward”

It always strikes me as a bit strange that the industry seems to clamber for examples or Case Studies about BIM only to then complain about anything that is produced. Personally I feel that the industry shouldn’t keep shooting at those people or organisations that do stick their heads over the battlements. It might not be perfect but at least they have published something. But Tom is a good judge of BIM character and led a spirited, yet balanced, discussion over the merits of these documents.

With just a few days to review the SES, OIRs, PLQs, EIRs, and BEP template Tom chose to rate the documents overall using that tried and tested metric of the spaghetti western standard. So – were these documents Good, Bad or Ugly?

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Tom gave his views of the following documents that have been publically shared by the MoJ;

    • Shared Estates Service (SES)
    • Organisational Information Requirements (OIR)
    • Plain Language Questions (PLQs)
    • Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR)
    • BIM Execution Plan (BEP) Verdict – GOOD.  Verdict – Good…but…Would like to see the Common Data Environment (CDE) addressedOIRs The OIR lays out the context but falls short of stating specific requirements. Verdict – BADThree fully populated EIRs should be provided, preferably with real examples for eachBEP The document is easy to follow
    • But Tom felt that the CDE should be owned by MoJ (and I agree)
    • Verdict – Good
    • The Shared Estates Services introduces the Gold, Silver and Bronze projects – but only one EIR
    • EIRs
    • Reads like a guidance document, not the actual document.
    • Verdict – good & bad…
    • Would like to see COST addressed prior to Stage 2 PLQ
    • PLQs
    • The guide nicely sets the scene for BIM
    • Shared Estates Services;
    • And the results from Tom’s review?

It was great to see the audience engage with the speakers in the Q and A sessions and reminded me of the importance of letting our delegates find out what is important to them around the themes discussed.

This format will be extended even further in our Autumn series conference, on December 7th, when we will be offering even more roundtable sessions all focussed around Case Studies – so just what the industry still seems to need.

But before then we are pleased to be hosting a Level 1 BIM event on November 2nd. We all (should) know of the importance of working in accordance with BS1192:2007+A2:2016 but how many of us really apply the standard correctly? Check out your knowledge at this great opportunity to understand one of the bedrock standards for UK BIM that is now expected to be rolled out across Europe and beyond.

thinkBIM blog, October 2016.

#Duncan Reed, Chair thinkBIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We need to talk about Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects #tbim2016

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ThinkBIM Design and Pre Construction 2016

Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects

Wednesday 2nd November, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 20:00

We all know that in order to ‘do’ BIM you need to work in accordance with BS1192:2007 + A2:2016 but how well do we all really know how to use this standard? This event is focussed around getting to grips with the apparently complex container numbering, understanding the purpose of issue and suitability codes as well as explaining who/who/how is a Common Data Environment.

We are pleased to announce our first two speakers; John Adams, Head of BIM Services at BIM Strategy Ltd and Lee Chappelow, BIM Operations Manager at SES Engineering Services.

A back-to-basics event to explain/remind/help our network understand how to work collaboratively.

Remember – if your business can do Level 1 then you can work on a Level 2 project.

We need to talk about Level 1. Are you getting the BIM basics right? Find out at #tbim2016 on 2nd Nov!

Room 538, Lecture Theatre D, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds, LS1 3HB

Click here to book your place! 

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#BIMOpenMic is coming up North!

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BIM North West & Yorkshire Regions in collaboration with Graitec, BDP, Digitalgreen and thinkBIM present… #BIMOpenMic – Manchester

Thursday 24th November 2016

BDP Offices, 11 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JB, 

18:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the London sessions, #BIMOpenMic is coming up North! #BIMOpenMic nights are about starting conversations and generating discussion about all things BIM and helping address the day to day issues it presents in our work.

So join us on 24th November at BDP Offices in Manchester and give us your observations, opinions, rants, tips and tricks at our “anything goes” session. Be there and be vocal!

Many thanks to our hosts BDP and event sponsors Graitec for helping us to put this session together.

 

thinkBIM is five!

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The year is 2011, 2 billion people around the world have watched Will and Kate say ‘I do’, Azerbaijan have just won Eurovision, Little Mix were about to be unleashed into the world and in a quiet corner of Leeds thinkBIM was being born…

This September, thinkBIM is 5 years old and to mark the occasion we have decided to host a networking birthday bash to say thank you to all our friends and supporters who have joined us on our journey. As well as a chance to network with #UKBIMcrew there will be great food, cake, drink and hospitality with a few surprises thrown in too!

And of course no thinkBIM party would be complete without#BIMbeers and #BIMbubbles!

Completely free to attend – please click here to register your attendance for catering purposes

Many thanks to our good friends at Cubicle Centre for very kindly sponsoring our birthday party!

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